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The original twin theater opened in July 1977, and was inside the mall. The Spy Who Loved Me, and The Rescuers were the opening films.
The twin in the mall closed in August 1986, and then re-opened in the new building in the parking lot as a 4-plex.
The 4-plex opened on Oct 31, 1986 with the following films: Crocodile Dundee, Trick or Treat, The Color of Money and Children of a Lesser God.
This complex existed until November 1998, when it was incorporated and renovated into it’s current configuration as a 12-plex.
How big was the screen at the Eglinton?
I believe the Bauers from this location where the ones that were shipped out to Vancouver in which were used as parts machines for the ones installed at the Paramount in New Westminster in BC. They never did run 70 again.
The original Capitol was indeed a Cinerama house, although it was the 70mm version only.
Three Strip was at the Strand.
Best source of those is a library with microfiche archives and a lot of time to go through them. I did it many years ago and its really quite something to look at.
Herman, don’t forgot about Station Square 7, that theatre was probably the best out of those builds.
It wasn’t just Ivan, everyone in town called this stretch of Granville “ Theatre Row ”. Too bad it doesn’t look like this today!
The model was a Rank RK-60 35/70mm Projector. It was made by Cinemeccanica, which later called these machines Victoria 8. This one being a RK-60, puts it made between 1958 and 1960. This one was made in 1958, as the first two digits of the serial number started with 58.
Lamphouse was a Strong X60c.
Funny how’s that’s the same projector, by the time I saw it in person, all the stuff had been stripped from it!
That’s an older photo, the current sign has been there longer than 2009.
The Lyric didn’t have an easy time running Caligula, I remember years ago doing research on Vancouver theatres, coming across an article about the protests over the screening of this film. I’m sure that led to the longevity of the run. This was around 1981.
Now known as “ Joe’s Apartment ”, yet another bar on Granville.
The Hollywood is back showing movies, but more as a special event. They recently played Back To The Future and Lawrence of Arabia in 35MM.
Granville #1 and # 2 were located under ground as well.
Its currently named ‘ Cinema 319 ’ and is technically still open, but for private events.
The cost of the land is probably what’s holding back any new multiplex builds. Cineplex I heard wants to open a new complex in West Vancouver.
Esplanade IMO, the bottom level at least, could be converted to stadium seating with some effort. They would lose a lot of seats but it could be done.
I don’t know much about this theatre except they ran Simplex projectors, and were one of the first installations of Dolby Stereo out in the Suburbs.
It doesn’t surprise me that the town drunk tried to kill it.
The Stanley at that point, and even later on when it was THX certified in 1985, was a top notch building head to toe. The Chain treated the building with TLC, and technically, it was probably better than most of the newer complexes built today.
Rumor has it that they moved the THX system over to Station Square #1 “ Bijou ” after the Stanley closed. I do find this hard to believe, as the Station Square opened with this screen already certified some three years earlier.
“ Ignore the troll ”
I can almost guarantee you that they will no longer be programming art films there.
The Ridge is set to close February 3rd, 2013.
A bit of a correction to the above information,
Cineplex Odeon closed Scott 72 in late December 1998, just as their Strawberry Hill Cinemas were opening.
It was taken over my “ A Theatre Near You ” group and become “ Bollywood Cinemas ” first, then about a year or two later, became a 2nd run venue for Hollywood films, hence the re-name to “ Hollywood Cinemas ”.
ATNY group dropped the lease around 2004, when the old Caprice location in Newton became available.
They uninstalled all the equipment from Scott 72 and was reinstalled into the old Caprice location.
The Park was the only location in Vancouver to be equipped for “ SENSURROUND ” in 1974 for EARTHQUAKE.
Was a 35mm 4track MAG presentation.
Actually Chuck, the smallest screen ( #1 ) has 88 seats.
The numbers out there are from when the place opened in 1996, but the seats were replaced in 2006.
The Big house ( #3 ) has around 320 now.
Cap 6 was pretty much a cesspool right at the end with ads for the new Paramount ( later named Scotiabank ) all over the place.
The place did have an odd, musty smell to it. But I don’t think it was cigarette smoke.
The chairs left an odor on your clothes, and the stairway on the south side of the building, which oddly enough had a bathroom mid way between the 1st and 2nd floor, reeked of piss.
The place also had major water damage from leaks that were not repaired promptly. The Granville side entrance, which had skyline windows in the ceiling leaked for some time before it was fixed ( or was it? ) and caused brown stains all over the ceiling of the granville entrance roof.
I also recall at a sneak peek of the first “ Underworld ” , looking up at the booth and seeing what looked like black tarps or garbage bags taped to the ceiling of the booth.
But all in all, I still loved the place. The Main house ( #1 ) was something that cannot and will not be matched in terms of the size, uniqueness, and just pure awesomeness.
I fully blame FP for not taking care of it properly and letting it die a horrible death, leaving it’s last years' a dark spot on the memories of many movie-goers.